tiffin carriers

  ronalddonald 23:18 10 Sep 2010
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were tiffin carriers used in British hospitals years ago to keep food warm.

  ronalddonald 23:20 10 Sep 2010

here a link nothing to do with hospitals but for some reason I think they were used here in the UK in the hospitals.

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  wolfie3000 03:43 11 Sep 2010

When ever i hear of the word Tiffin im reminded of the carry on film Carry on up the Khyber.

Tiffin had a very different meaning in that film :P

  BT 08:30 11 Sep 2010

Hardly likely as a typical Tiffin Carrier is fairly small and holds a single persons meal
click here

The containers used in Hospitals/schools were/are much larger insulated containers designed to hold bulk amounts.

  morddwyd 19:44 11 Sep 2010

Don't know about NHS hospitals, but they were certainly used in military hospitals.

I taken them round on a number of occasions when I was an "up" patient.

(It was normal practice for recovering, or "up", patients to be responsible for meal distribution, cleaning, tea and toast making etc.)

  Bingalau 21:49 11 Sep 2010

And in Royal Naval Hospitals us "Up" patients also had to bollock the floor.

  Grey Goo 23:25 11 Sep 2010

According to the ditty,"Oh you'll never be a sailor if your b*lls hang low" I am guessing the word bollock in this context means something else.

  Macscouse 23:53 11 Sep 2010

If you've never had to do it, you'll never understand the phrase. ;o}}

  morddwyd 07:25 12 Sep 2010

With our more refined turn of phrase in the Royal Air Force, that's what I meant by "cleaning"!

  Bingalau 10:09 12 Sep 2010

The phrase was used for what normal people would know as polishing the floor. We had a huge lump of what I assume was heavy wood and metal, covered in felt or cloth of some kind, on the end of a long pole. We chucked a few dollops of floor polish on the deck and then a couple of us would rub/push this heavy "Bollocker" over the floor to ingrain the polish in to the decking. I don't remember there being any covering on the floor such as lino.

We looked forward to reaching that stage of recuperation as we knew we would soon be getting discharged.

Oh yes! By the way, we also scrubbed the floor first and cleaned the windows and dusted all the bed frames etc. I can't remember what the nurses did. But it wasn't cleaning jobs.

  Bingalau 10:10 12 Sep 2010

Oh yes "Tiffin" was a mealtime in my day.

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